Pike supervisors plan hearing in proposal for $36 million budget, tax increase


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MCCOMB, Mississippi — Pike County supervisors will hold a public hearing Sept. 2 on the county's proposed annual budget and tax levy.

The Enterprise-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1tDuTHD) the proposal calls for a 2.95-mill increase, or an additional $30 on a $100,000 house with a regular homestead exemption.

The hearing will be held in the supervisors' meeting room at the court annex in Magnolia.

Supervisors plan to raise the countywide tax levy from 57.8 to 60.75 mills.?That does not include school or municipal taxes. The tax levy 10 years ago was 54.11 mills.

The proposed budget totals about $36 million. It projects more than $22 million in revenue, of which 56 percent would come from property taxes.

The tax increase would pay for $1,000 annual raises for county employees; two additional sheriff's deputies and patrol cars; increased funding for the county economic development district; and bonds to buy and develop the new Gateway Industrial Park. Also included is about $350,000 for work on a new wood pellet mill.

Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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